LA’s Clean Streets Goes High Tech

In an effort to keep more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alley clean, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the most comprehensive street-by-street cleanliness assessment system in the U.S.

“CleanStat” will use dashcam video footage and GIS data to provide a block-by-block assessments of the entire city every three months. Modeled after LAPD’s crime tracking system, CompStat, the data will uncover trends and provide a clear picture of LA’s cleanliness in each neighborhood. Resources can then be provided to communities with the greatest need. The goal is to clean up the dirtiest locations by 2018.

“Clean streets are important to the health and well-being of every Angeleno–from children who walk to school, to small business owners looking to create thriving commercial corridors,” says  Mayor Garcetti, who launched the software in partnership with Councilmember Gil Cedillo, LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar, and the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.

Clean streets are also vital to keeping litter out of our local creeks, rivers and ocean. And this program will help identify problem spots. Here’s how it works: Streets are graded on a scale of one (clean) to three (not clean) based on the presence of illegal dumping, bulky items, loose litter and weeds. Currently, more than 370 miles of the city’s roads and alleys (4 percent of all city blocks) were found to be so dirty that they require immediate cleanup.

Wondering how your neighborhood rates? The data is open to all and can be found online.

Residents can always call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to have bulky items picked-up for free, report illegal dumping and obtain community clean-up supplies.


Comments (1)

  1. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    May 14th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for your efforts in helping L.A. citizens clean up our city. Perhaps there could be a contest with prizes for most improved community etc.

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